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Make this a SMILE Day!

In Humor on March 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

Over the past several years I have been saving good jokes and stories that tickle my funny bone. I read the “raunchy”jokes for my own amusement, but I do not save them and I would never(or hardly ever), publish them. Of course there is always a question as to what is “raunchy”, and if you should happen to read one of my Blogs and you are offended by any of my jokes, send me a comment to that fact and let me know!

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(There’ve been times when it felt like my WHOLE village was burning)

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames,with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, ‘God! How could you do this to me?’

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! ‘How did you know I was here?’ asked the weary man of his rescuers. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.
The Moral of This Story:It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
P.S. You may want to consider passing this on, because you never know who feels as if their hut is on fire today.

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My Quality Control Dept.

Final Quality Control Inspectors !

After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “MOM, I’ve decided to become a minster when I grow up.”
“Thats okay with us, but what made you decide that?”
“Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figured it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”
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A 6-year-old was overheard reciting the Lord’s Prayerat a church service, “And forgive us our trash passes,as we forgive those who passed trash against us.”
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A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon.”How do you know what to say?” he asked.’Why, God tells?””Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?”
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A  little girl became restless as the preacher’s sermom dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered,’Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?”

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After the christening of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the backseat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”

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Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. She was puzzeled by Kyle’s picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story that was meant to represent.”The flight to Egypt,” was his reply. Pointing at each figure, Ms.Terri said,” That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. But whos’s the fourth person?” “Oh, that’s Pontius the pilot!”  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
A college drama group presented a play in which one character would stand on a trap door and announce, ” I descend into hell!” A stagehand below would pull a rope, the trapdoor would spring, and the actor would drop from view.The play was well received. When the actor playingthe part became ill, another actor, who was quite overweight took his place, When the new actor announced, “I descend into hell ! ” the stagehand pulled the rope, and the actor began his plunge, but became hopelessly stuck. No amount of tugging onthe rope could make him desend. One student in the balcony jumped up and yelled:”Hallelujah! Hell is full!’ ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach upto touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternatelystroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?””Yes, sweetheart,” he answered,”God made me along time ago.””Oh,” she paused, “grandpa, did God make me too?””Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”Feeling their respective faces again, she observed,”God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”

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There was a knock on the door of a very “Elite” House of Ill-Repute. The lady of the home answered the door and saw a rather dignified, well-dressed, good-looking man in his late forties or early fifties.” May I help you?’ she asked. “I  want to see Valerie,” the man replied.”‘Sir, Valerie is one of our most expensive ladies. Perhaps you would prefer someone else,”said the madam. ‘No, I must see Valerie,” he replied, Just then, Valerie appeared and announced to the man that she charged $5,000 a visit. Without hesitation, the man pulled out five thousand dollars and gave it to Valerie, and they went upstairs. After an hour , the man calmly left.

The next night,  the same man appeared again, once more demanding to see Valerie. Valerie explained  that no one had ever come back two nights in a row-too expensive and there were no discounts. The price was still $5,000. Again the man pulled out the money, gave it to Valerie, and again they went upstairs. After an hour, he left. The following night the man returned there yet again. Everyone was astounded that he had come for a third consecutive night, but he paid Valerie and they went upstairs.

After their session, Valerie questioned the man.’No one has ever been with me three nights in a row. Where are you from?” she asked.The man replied, “‘South Carolina.”  “really”, she said. “I have family in South Carolina”.  “I know,” the man said. “your father died, and I am your sister’s attorney. She asked me to give you  your $15,000 inheritance.”

The moral of the story is that three things in life are certain: 1- Death , 2-Taxes , 3-Being screwed by a lawyer.

(And you thought that this was going be cut from the way it started!)

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On their wedding night, the young bride approached her new husband and asked for $20.00 for their first lovemaking encounter. In his highly aroused state, her husband readily agreed. This scenario was repeated each time they made love, for more than 30 years, with him thinking that it was a cute way for her to afford new clothes and other incidentals that she needed.

Arriving home around noon one day, she was surprised to find her husband in a very drunken state. During the next few minutes, he explained that his employer was going through a process of corporate down-sizing, and he had been let go. It was unlikely that, at the age of 59, he’d be able to find another position that paid anywhere near what he had been earning, and therefore, they were financially ruined.

Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which showed more than thirty years of steady deposits and interest totaling nearly $1 million dollars.Then she showed him certificates of deposits issued by the bank worth over $2 million dollars, and she informed him that they were one of the largest depositors in the bank. She explained that for the more than three decades that she had charged him for sex, these holdings had multiplied and that these were the results of her savings and investments.

Faced with evidence of cash and investments worth over $3 million dollars, her husband was so astounded he could barely speak, but finally he found his voice and blurted out,” if I had any idea what you were doing, I would have given you all my business!”

That’s when she shot him….You know, sometimes, men just don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.

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Pull them by the hair or they fill up!

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A brief history of the “CAT”.
On the first day of creation, God created the cat….On the second day, God created man to serve the cat….On the third day, God created all the animals of the earth to serve aspotential food for the cat….
On the fourth day, God created honest toil so that man could laborfor the good of the cat….On the fifth day, God created the sparkle ball so that the cat mightor might not play with it….On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the cathealthy and the man broke….On the seventh day, God tried to rest, but He had to scoop the litterbox….
Yes, it’s a cat’s world after all. Amen!

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Something that might amuse you!

In Humor, Uncategorized on March 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

Subject: Word meanings -Male & Female

Subject:  Word meanings -Male & Female

Eight Words with two Meanings

1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.

Female….. Any part under a car’s hood.

Male…. The strap fastener on a woman’s bra.

2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.

Female…. Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to another.

Male…. Playing football without a cup.

3. COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.

Female… The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.

Male… Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.

4.. COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.

Female… A desire to get married and raise a family.

Male…… Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.

5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.

Female…. A good movie, concert, play or book.

Male…… Anything that can be done while drinking beer.

6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.

Female… An embarrassing byproduct of indigestion.

Male…… A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.

7 MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.

Female…… The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.

Male.. Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.

8. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.

Female…. A device for changing from one TV channel to another.

Male… A device for scann ing through all 375 channels every 5 minutes.

AND;

He said . . . I don’t know why you wear a bra; you’ve got nothing to put in it.

She said . . . You wear pants don’t you?

He said . .. What have you been doing with all the grocery money I gave you?

She said . Turn sideways and look in the mirror!

He said . How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?

She said . . We don’t know; it has never happened.

He said . Why is it difficult to find men who are sensitive, caring and Good- looking?

She said . . They already have boyfriends.

He said…What do you call a women who knows where her husband is every night?

She said . . . A widow.

He said . . Why are married women heavier than single women?

She said . . Single women come home, see what’s in the fridge and go to

bed.  Married women come home, see what’s in the bed and go to the fridge

A guy is driving around the back woods of

Tennessee and he sees a sign in front of a

broken down shanty-style house:

“Talking Dog for Sale .”

He rings the bell and the owner appears

and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking

labrador retriever sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

“Yep,” the lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says “So, what’s your story?”

The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.  I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA and they had me sworn into the toughest branch of the armed services …the

United States Marines ..you know one of their nicknames is “The Devil Dogs”.  In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders; because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.  I was one of their most valuable spies for  eight years running, but the jetting around really tired me out and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger.  So, I decided to settle down.  I retired from the Corps

(8 dog years  is 56 Corps years) and signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.”

“I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.  I got married, had  a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy is amazed.  He goes  back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

“Ten dollars,” the guy says.

“Ten dollars?  This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”

“Because he’s a liar.  He never did any of that stuff.

He was in the Air Force.

Our Confusing Language

In Humor, postaweek2011 on February 25, 2011 at 2:06 am

I was sent this master piece and I feel compelled to pass it on.       I know not the Author. It came to me in an email!…Enjoy!
I think a retired English teacher was bored.

THIS IS GREAT! Read all the way to the end…………….

This took a lot of work to put together!

You think English is easy??
 

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the leadout.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’

It’s easy to understand
UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wakeUP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.

And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. 

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.

In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.

When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things
UP.
When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry
UP. 

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP,

for now my time is UP,

so……..it is time to shut UP!

Now it’s UP to you what you do with this email.

OUTHOUSE SPECIAL

In Humor, postaweek2011 on February 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

 

OUTHOUSE HUMOR

Outhouse InsideOLD FEELINGS NEVER DIE! 

Old Lady;It all started when that young man comes creeping up
on the porch and sat down beside me.
Defense Attorney: Did you know him?
Old Lady: No, but he sure was friendly.
Defense Attorney: What happened after he sat down?
Old Lady: He started to rub my thigh.
Defense Attorney: Did you stop him?
Old Lady: No, I didn’t stop him.
Defense Attorney: Why not?
Old Lady: It felt good. Nobody had done that since my Albert
died some 30 years ago.
Defense Attorney: What happened next?
Old Lady: He began to rub all over of my body.
Defense Attorney: Did you stop him then?
Old Lady: No, I did not stop him.
Defense Attorney: Why not?
Old Lady: His rubbing made me feel all alive and excited.
I haven’t felt that good in years!
Defense Attorney: What happened next?
Old Lady: Well, by then, I was feeling so ‘ spicy ‘ that I just
laid down and told him Take me, young man. Take me now! ‘
Defense Attorney: Did he take you?
Old Lady: Hell, no! He just yelled, ‘ April Fool! ‘ And that’s when
I shot the little SOB!
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Subject: bucks for sex
Johnny wanted to have sex with a girl in his office…
but she belonged to someone else…
One day Johnny got so frustrated that he went up to her and said, “I’ll
give you a $100 if you let me have sex with you after work…”
but the girl said, “NO.”
Johnny said, “I’ll be fast, I’ll throw the money on the floor, you bend
down, and I’ll be finished by the time you pick it up.”
She thought for a moment and said that she would have to consult her
boy friend…
so she called her boyfriend and told him the story.
Her boyfriend says ask him for $200 then pick up all
the money very fast and run…
he won’t even be able to get his pants down.
She agrees and accepts the proposal.
After work they go to a motel .
Half an hour goes by and the boyfriend is waiting for his girl friend to
call. Finally after 45 minutes the boyfriend calls and asks what
happened…She said, “The SOB used quarters!”
Management Lesson: Always consider a business proposal in it’s entirety
before agreeing to it, and getting screwed
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A wife came home early after visiting her mother
and found her husband in bed making passionate love to a girl.
Out Of My House,she yelled.,and never come back here again!
Wait,he asked,and hear my side of the story!

I was on my way home from work, when I noticed this women.
She had no home to go to and no one to help her.
I noticed that she was very thin, not welldressed and very dirty.
She told me that she hadn’t eaten for three days.

So, in my compassion, I brought her home
and warmed up the enchiladas I made for you
last night, the ones you wouldn’t eat because you’re afraid you’ll
put on weight.  The poor thing devoured them in moments.

Since she needed a good clean-up, I suggested
a shower, and while she was doing that, I
noticed her clothes were dirty and full of
holes, so I threw them away.

Then, as she needed clothes, I gave her
the designer jeans that you have had for a few years,
but don’t wear because you say they are too tight.

I also gave her the underwear that was
your anniversary present, which you don’t
wear because I don’t have good taste..

I found the sexy blouse my sister gave you
for Christmas that you don’t wear just to
annoy her, and I also donated those boots
you bought at the expensive boutique and
don’t wear because someone at work has
a pair the same.’

The husband took a quick breath and continued – ‘She was so grateful
for my understanding and help that as I walked her to the door, she turned
to me with tears in her eyes and said,’Please … Do you have anything else that
your wife doesn’t use?
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Adam Got Eve — At a Bargain Price!

Adam was hanging around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely.
So, God asked him, ‘What’s wrong with you?’
Adam said he didn’t have anyone to talk to.
God said that He was going to make Adam a companion
and that it would be a woman.
He said, ‘This pretty lady will gather food for you, she will cook for you,
and when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you.
She will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you,
and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you’ve had a disagreement.
She will praise you!
She will bear your children.
and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them.
‘She will NEVER have a headache and will freely give you love and
passion whenever you need it.’
Adam asked God, ‘What will a woman like this cost?’
God replied, ‘An arm and a leg.’
Then Adam asked, ‘What can I get for a rib?’
Of course the rest is history…………!!!!
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25  REASONS  I  OWE  MY  MOTHER

1.  My mother taught me: TO  APPRECIATE  A  JOB  WELL  DONE .
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished  cleaning.”

2.  My mother taught me: RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3.  My mother taught me: TIME  TRAVEL .
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of  next week!”

4.  My mother taught me:  LOGIC.
” Because I said so, that’s why.”

5.  My mother taught me: MORE  LOGIC .
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck,you’re not going to the store with me.”

6.  My mother taught me: FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7.  My mother taught me: IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8.  My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9.  My mother taught me: CONTORTIONISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10.  My mother taught me about STAMINA .
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

1 1.  My mother taught me: WEATHER .
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12.  My mother taught me: HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13.  My mother taught me: THE  CIRCLE  OF  LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

14.  My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR  MODIFICATION .
“Stop acting like your father!”

15.  My mother taught me: ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who
don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16.  My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17.  My mother taught me: RECEIVING .
“You are going to get it when you get home!”

18.  My mother taught me: MEDICAL  SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

19.  My mother taught me: ESP.
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20.  My mother taught me: HUMOUR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21.  My mother taught me: HOW  TO  BECOME  AN  ADULT .
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22.  My mother taught me: GENETICS.
“I swear to God you’re just like your father.”

23.  My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn ?”

24.  My mother taught me: WISDOM .
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

25.  And my favorite: My  MOTHER  TAUGHT  ME  ABOUT  JUSTICE .
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!

WOW!! Look what we found in Salt Lake City

In Humor, Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, RVing on February 9, 2011 at 12:57 am


How we look Traveling

Same as Carol's motorhome

We started right away laying out our basic trip for 1998. The main object of our 1998 trip would be the “1998 Up,Up & Away” Balloon Festival in Albuquerque NM. The festival is from  September 20 to October 12, a three week caravan.While we were making our plans, our next door neighbor “Carol”, said that she really wanted to go, but didn’t want to drive  her motorhome across country to Nevada by herself. We told her that she could travel along with us in her motorhome. She planned to have friends join her at the caravan from her campground in NY. Carol is a young widow, younger than us, and a real joy to have around.  When traveling any distance, I like to give myself pleanty of extra time on the road for break downs, side trips of interest etc.

Our Fantastic Salt Lake City Stop

We had planned a stop in Salt Lake City for a few days. Boy-O-Boy, am I glad that we did. Carol wanted to see the “Salt Lake Mormon Tabernaqcle Choir”. She  got us tickets to the mid-week Choir Practice.The sounds of the choir were almost unbelivable. We thoroughly enjoyed the practice

Moman

Mormon Tabernacle ChoirIn 1863 the Mormons started to build the auditorium that would become one

Mormon's move Westward

of the finest in the world, the Salt Lake Tabernacle. First used in 1867, the dome-shaped building is so acoustically sensitive that a pin dropped at one end can be clearly heard at the other end 170 feet away. Its magnificent organ is recognized as one of the world’s great instruments. Temple Square, in the heart of Salt Lake City, is the home of the Morman Tabernacle Choir, Here, at the “crossroads of the West”, the choir has sung the sacred hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the great choral works of the masters for nearly a century and half. History of the Choir;  In 1846, the mormons were searching for a place where they could freely worship God. On their westward trek across the vast American continent, the pioneers often broke the prairie’s stillness with the sound of their voices.

Singing hymns around the campfire became a nightly custom. One of these hymns, its words written as the pioneers made their westward journey, was “Come, Come, Ye Saints” by William Clayton. It retains today an exalted place in the repertoire of the Tabernacle Choir:  And should we die before our journey’s through, Happy day!

Amateur Short Wave

All is well ! We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;  With the just we shall dwell ! On July 24,1847, when the first group of Mormon pioneers had crossed the rugged Wasatch Mountains into the wide valley of the Great Salt Lake, their leader, Brigham Young, looked long and earnestly at what he saw,

Radio

Then he said,”It is enough. This is the right place.” It was here , a month later, that the Tabernacle Choir had its beginning.

Television

The Choir – Gains World renown – The choir’s first network radio program (with the organ, choir, and announcer sharing a single microphone ) was transmitted on July 15,1929. Today, after more than 65 years and 3,425 broadcasts, “Music and the Spoken Word” is the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in America. The program is now released worldwide through some 1,500 radio, television, and cable stations weekly.   In addition to these broadcasts, the choir’s international concerts  tours; award-winning recordings, and involvement in major motion pictures, television specials, and satellite broadcasts have spread its fame throughout the world. Choir Members;  Members of the Tabernacle Choir are selected on the basis of character and musical competence. A large cross section of occupations is represented. In the choir’s ranks are representatives of nearly every trade and profession, including contractors, secretaries, physicians, homemakers, school teachers,  nurses, salesmen, and accountants.   For many, choir membership is a proud family tradition. There are twenty husband-wife combinations, and many families boast two or more generations of choir membership.     Choir members sing because they love to share truth and the beauty of music with people everywhere.

Some of them commute as far as 164 miles round-trip two or more times weekly, not only for the regular network broadcasts, but for rehearsals, conferences, and other evants. All contribute their talents and time without compensation, except for the joy they receive in service.

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Another interesting stop that we made was at the Kennecotts Bingham’s Copper Open Pit Mine. In 1848, two brothers, Sanford and Thomas Bingham, sons of Erastue Bingham, Mormon pioneers who grazed their family’s and other’s cattle and horses there discovered copper minerals. They reported their find to their leader, Brigham Young, who advised against pursuing mining operations because the survival and establishment of settlements was of paramount importance at that time. The brothers did not stake a claim. In 1850, the Bingham family went to settle what is now Weber County, leaving the canyon still today known by their name.

Today, as the second largest copper producer in the United States, Kennecott Utah Copper provides about 18-25% percent of the U.S.’s copper needs.  Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the largest man-made excavations in the world. It is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with cumulative production at more than 18.7 million tons of copper. Every year, Kennecott produces approximately 300,000 tons of copper, along with  500,000  ounces  of  gold, 4 million ounces of silver, about 30 million pounds of molybdenum, and about 1 million tons of sulfuric acid, a by-product of the smelting process. The mining pit is 0.75 miles deep and 2.5 miles wide.

Kennecott Brigham Canyon Mine

Tire from mining truck

The Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine and the Great Wall of China are the only man-made objects that can be seen by Astronauts from space.

These photos were taken from the visitor’s Centers outside the viewing area. That is June & I standing in front of the Big Truck Tire.

There is a good video there that tells of the Past History, the Present and the Future. Core samples indicate that mining will continue at least until 2020, and maybe longer.

When you are traveling through Utah, be sure that you make Salt Lake City at least a 3 day stop. You will not regret it!

My wife says that SHE and I want to go to Banff,Alberta – 2 of 2

In Humor, Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, RVing on February 2, 2011 at 1:48 am

We left early today, mostly because Dick has a lot of uncertain feelings about driving up into unknown mountains to a popular tourist town with a 36 ft  5th wheel behind us. In spite of his feelings, we did head out for Banff. ( I don’t know if the fact that June was driving had anything to do with that decision or not). June drove an uneventful 150 miles. We stopped in a Truck stop for diesel and lunch after we had passed through Calgary. Today was the hottest day of the year at 33.3 degrees Celcius (about 93 degrees F) The radiator on the truck knew the difference, it

Banff,Ave

stayed right up there near the top. Coming into Banff we missed our turn. It said to turn off  TCH-1 on to Banff Ave.We could not find any such turn. We should have turned into Banff, which becomes Banff Ave. We had to turn around several miles up TCH-1 in a construction area, and come back to town. We took the wrong entrance into town (there are only two, so that  figures)  and ended up driving right straight up the center of the Banff tourist area towing a 36ft RV, to the campground. We got in line for about 20 minutes, or so, and  then we got checked in. No full hook-up sites left for rigs our size. They gave us a beautiful site with 30 Amp only for tonight and told us to ask for a full hook-up site tomorrow after 8:00 am when people start leaving.

 

Bow River Falls

This is us on the right parking over-night

(8/7/97)I was the only  one in line at 8:30 am , the next morning. We got a beautiful full hook-up site under the trees(remember the heat wave) with a , not so great view, of the mountains. There are Elk roaming all over this campground & feeding everywhere. The Elk have the right of way on the golf course. It is fun watching the golfers encouraging the Elk to move over out of the way with their golf carts and waving their arms. The Elk  also roam around the RVs under the trees and they are not afraid of you. The Elk have food and safety in the town and, of course the Wolves will not come into town after the Elk.

Elk on the golf course

Elk from our window

There is a Bus stop here at the campground that will take you to town. In town parking is very tight. After the first time of driving into town to have lunch and to pick-up all the area information that we could find, we decided that the Bus was a better choice. $1.00 each way. Banff is certainly a very popular tourist town. Tourist are everywhere. We checked in at the Visitors center, which we try to do at most of our stops where we plan to spend a couple of days. We watched a couple of videos on Banff and the surrounding area. There is a very plain warning that they give to all tourist that stop there. It  is;” DO NOT GET NEAR OR TOUCH THE ANIMALS”! They do look so cute and friendly…but they are “WILD”, and therefore,”DANGEROUS “! “IT IS  AGAINST THE LAW TO FEED THEM. THEY WILL ATTACK YOU IF THEY FEEL THREATEN”. I guess there are a lot of people who either do not go the Visitors Center, or just can not believe that these friendly Elk are dangerous or maybe THEY ARE JUST PLAIN STUPID.  We watched a lot of  silly people walk down in among the Elk that were  grazing or laying down, to have their picture taken petting an Elk. One guy tried putting his arm around an Elks neck, but the Elk wouldn’t have any part of that idea. The darn fool could have easily been gored by the Elk. “REMEMBER, IDIOT-THEY ARE WILD!” After we got back to our RV (home), I took a picture out through our  window of an Elk grazing.

(8/9/97) Today is “Banff Day”. Our first stop was at Joe Btifsplick’s for breakfast. We found that the public parking lots are only half full in the mornings. We set out for the “cave & basin”, which is the original hot springs from which Banff became a town. We joined a guided tour and learned how two brothers and a friend found the “Hot Spring Basin”, then “The Hot Spring Cave”, from a hole in the ground.The two springs are not connected.

After that tour, we drove to Sulphur Mountain where we took the Gondola up to the top. It is so popular that we had to wait about 20 minutes in line just to get on the Gondola. The Gondola goes up 7,500 feet to the top. Once at the top, there is a large enclosed building  glassed in all around for comfortable warm viewing all around. There is a snack bar and a  restaurant and bathroom facilities. The view from up here is fantastic. I got some great pictures of the mountains and of Banff, way, way, way down there. just a tiny little spot . We stayed up there for an hour or so , and then came down to the “Banff Springs Hotel”, which is a very impressive building. On the lawn were about 20 Elk. We finally located Bow River Falls. The Falls is so popular that I had to let June out so she could video tape it, then I picked her back up. We had a very full day, and we really enjoyed it. We will be ready to leave tomorrow just to rest. If you ever get the chance to visit Banff….do it, you will be glad that you did. I am “almost sorry” that I put so many photos on this blog, but it was just so beautiful that I couldn’t help myself. Thank you June, my love, I am glad that you steered me in this direction! It was certainly well worth while.

Lake Moraine and Ten Peaks

Gondola to Sulphur Mountain

Banff Springs Hotel

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Eight inches of snow?
This one had most of the state of Michigan laughing for two days,and a very embarrassed female news anchor who will, in the future, likely think before she speaks.What happens when you predict snow, but don’t get any? We had a female news anchor who, the day after it was suppose to have snowed and didn’t, turned to the weatherman and asked: ” So Bob,where’s that 8 inches you promised me last night? Not only did he have to leave  the set, but half the crew did too, they were laughing so hard !

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My wife says that SHE and I want to go to Banff,Alberta – 1 0f 2

In Humor, Information-Interesting on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

When my little 5ft 3in wife tells me that she really,really wants to go to Banff, I have a pretty good idea that Banff will be the general direction that we will be heading for when we leave this area.

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She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still !

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(8/2/97)We headed out of Tubby’s Campground and back out of Alaska. This has been a great Caravan and we really did enjoy it.  June is driving and we are heading for our next RVing adventure, Banff, Alberta,Canada. Two doe (deer)  got on the road ahead of us. She slowed down  and they jumped back into the bush while I was still looking for the camcorder. No one has ever called me the fastest camera in the west, and there is a reason for that. I can never remember where I leave the darn thing!. We figured that “White Court”would be a good distance to travel today. We got there at 3:15 pm and decided that it was to early to stop, so we fueled up and headed for Edmonton. We are beginning to change our minds in the middle of our travelling plans now, which is something we have never done before. We picked out “Glowing Embers”Campground to stop at, if we could find it! No problem. Plenty of good directional signs to guide us. We checked in and then got set up in spite of our neighbor who wanted to talk about tires, wheel chocks and everything else. He and his wife are very friendly people and I am sure that we will be talking to them again before we leave . He and his wife had no sooner left for dinner, when the guy across the street wanted to compare “ford Trucks”. Under the circumstances, it took us awhile to get set up. This is a nice roomy campground with full hook up’s & close to Edmonton.

(8/3/97) Today we plan to visit the Edmonton Space & Science Center. June’s nose is still running but she says that she is ready to go. We went down to the office to to pay for another day. ( I mis-figured when I signed in). Ben, the manager, gave me two soft sponge rubber bands that go around your pen where you grasp it. It makes it more comfortable to write. We took all of our local maps and headed out to locate the , “Space and Science Center”. We know that it is in town- somewhere. Darn if we didn’t find it without getting lost. We spent five hours there.We saw an movie at the Imax Theater on beavers with a short one on ants, added to it. We enjoyed both of them. We also watched a Laser Show in another Theater. We walked all over the building, looking at and trying out most of the exhibits and we also had lunch there. It feels odd & different coming back to the RV in the evenings . It gets dark around 11;00 pm, now that we are in a different time zone. Edmonton is having a heat wave, Temperatures in the mid-nineties so naturally our A/C decided to act up. Inside air flow from the A/C is only up the “defrost vents”. More than likely just a control tubing problem. I got it fixed the next day.

Mall of America-West Edmonton,Alberta

Indoor Wave Maker

(8/4/97)Today our plans are to visit the West Edmonton Mall. In 1997, this was the largest mall in North America (probably in South America too.) Because of the wind deflector being mounted on the roof of the truck, we were required to park outside at ground level.That’s OK, I have no big desire to get hung up on the’ under-floor trusses’ on the parking floor above. Today is “CIVIC DAY” in Canada. There were people every where and of every kind. This Mall is huge, and I do mean,”HUGE”. We didn’t do any shopping, just walking and looking. We Boarded the Replica of Chris Columbus’s ship,”The Santa Maria” ( in my mind, you would have to be dedicated to sea life  or crazy, to spend months upon end, at sea on one these ships. It was a good thing that they did or we might be speaking with a British accent now.), We walked our legs off this afternoon looking at everything there was to see

A Great,great big pool with a wave maker.

Columbus Ship,The Santa Maria

That big, big swimming pool produced great big rollers that just rolled across the pool. Every one floating on their little yellow rings just went up and down with the waves, little kids were not the only ones enjoying the pool. Plenty of of Moms & Dads out there too. We walked to the Ice skating Rink and watched the skaters. There was one young lad of about ten years old, doing his best to skate around the rink close to the fence. Every couple of steps, and down he would go, laughing all the way. I think that he had more fun than the good skaters. He had a good size  audience cheering him on. The campground had given us a coupon for $10.00 for the “Sawmill Restaurant” so we had a nice dinner before we went back to our “Home-on-wheels” at the campground.

Tomorrow, being “Civic Day”, most of the stores were closed, so we decided to locate the Ford shop today so that we would  know where it is. For the heck of it I pulled into the “Canadian Tire” store to get a price on a tire. We not only got a new tire, but they fixed the A/C ,changed the oil & did a lube job. ( If you are travelling in Canada, don’t over-look the “Canadian Tire Store”.

(8/5/97) We drove to Spruce Grove  for new bolts to fix our ceiling fan blades.(We had a fan blade sail off one day while we were eating lunch.You don’t hear it until it hits. Scared the Crap out of me). Also replaced our 50 to 30 amp adapter. The prongs take a beating from of some the campground’s worn out “hook-up  connection boxes”. We are getting ready to travel tomorrow morning.

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A little humor is good for the soul !

Snooty Receptionist
An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who shared offices with several other doctors.The waiting room was filled with patients. As he  approched the receptionist’s desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumowrestler. He gave her his name. In a very loud voice, the receptionist  said,”YES,I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE; YOU WANT TO SEE THE  DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE RIGHT?” All of the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very much embarressed man. He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,’NO, I’VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON’T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.’

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Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 4 of 4

In Humor, Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, RVing on January 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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­This will be the forth and last posting of  “Our Fantastic Alaskan Rv Trip”. Did we enjoy this Caravan?…You had better believe we did, the good and the bad of it.(Shucks,I don’t remember anything that was wrong). Thats what camping is all about… If you find it dull to go RVing,  you must be doing it wrong. I don’t know whats coming next…but I do know that it will be fun. It always is.

 

Actually I do have an idea for my next blog. Around six years previous to this trip, June’s mother’s last big wish was to go to Hawaii one time before she died and she wanted us to go with her because she got confused occasionaly and she knew that she couldn’t do it by herself. By the time she left, there were two  girls friends of theirs who wanted to go with June and her mom. They went and had a fantastic  time together. I was left behind to install  my mother-in-laws central heat/cool system. That worked good for all of us. There was no one around to make suggestions and help.(My mom- in- law is a very talented woman and is actually a good helper, but this time I wanted to do alone!)

Banff - 1997

Sulfur Mountain Cable Car

This is the connection to the Hawaii trip.The tour Guide on the Hawaii tour that the girls took, was from Banff, Alberta, Canada. June said that he talked so much about the wonders and beauty of Banff that she wanted to see it. We were headed to Oregon and  California anyway so we did a quick adjustment in our schedule and off to Banff we went.We are so glad that we did. It was a worth while stop. Banff  and the surrounding areas were simply so beautiful and outstanding. Good call June!!

 

This will be the last of  “Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip” blogs, one each for the last four  week-ends. I plan to continue RV related posts and other types of posts on subjects that I consider interesting  and are worth posting or until I’m told to get another hobby from the comments that I receive (which may not take long!!)..

 

I am a great fan of our Army Corps of Engineers (ACE)  Campgrounds.  ACE campgrounds are one of the best kept secrets around, because they are not widely advertised. Word of mouth is the usual means of promotion. I have camped at many, many of the ACE campgrounds and I have enjoyed everyone of them. Most of the campgrounds supply 30 amp Electrical connections and Water. Every campground has a Dump Station usually on the road out. For those of us who are over 62 years “young”, go  get a “Golden Age Passport”for the expensive cost of $10.00, a lifetime Admission permit that qualifies you and the people with you in your vehicle, to free  admissions at National Parks and a 50% discount at their campgrounds.  While you are there, compare your campground to a Public campground. Naturally  you will be on a damed up water reservoir or some type of project maintained by the ACE, with a wonderful, quiet environment. What do you give up for this luxury?  Mostly the noise of cars, horns etc. I mean it is peaceful, quiet  and enjoyable. Of course, there are no stores or gas stations out there . You have to drive to town for them. I consider that fair.

 

 

I have a lot of information on our different National campgrounds and also  on some of our special public campgrounds that I intend make into Blogs. How about Casino’s associated with RV campgrounds. Does that sound like a good match?

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There was the guy who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.  (If you don’t get this-say the last five words fast. )

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(7/18/97)   We are leaving Homestead RV Park, Palmer, Alaska  –  for  –   Bear Paw RV Park, Valdez, Alaska .  We got away  on time this morning. We aren’t traveling with anyone, which works out ok. We do travel slower than our friends. We ran into about 7 or 8 miles of road construction half way to Valdez. The first time we were stopped by a “flag-man”, June turned the driving over to me. The bull-dozers have run up & down the road, and it was rough.

When we got back on good road, we pulled over and went into the RV to empty our bladders. When we opened the door of the RV, there was the refrigerator door off  of  its hinges , leaning up against the table. (thanks Murphy). We had this problem before and I thought that I had it fixed. I had to take off the freezer door in order to re-hang the refridgerator door , then re-hang the freezer door  (After we finished this tour, I added two washers to the door hinges  and that solved the “popping” off problem). We were the last one in but they had saved us a nice  site backed up to the water in the Port of Valdez. June’s head is starting to stuff up now. We had a nice ice cream social. It was  paid for with all the fine-money collected by(Jack, the tag-man)  for not wearing your name Tag , being late, getting lost etc. (I got lost-not once- not twice but thrice ).

Parking at Valdez Oil Terminal

(7/19/97)   Breakfast was included in the tour so we walked up to the Westmark Hotel for a nice buffet. At 2:00 pm we all boarded a bus for a tour of the pipeline terminal. Arriving at the terminal, we were all required to go through a security check point first (just like in airports), even though you can only get off the bus at one view point way above the terminal.

Valdez Marine Oil Terminal

The bus driver/guide was very good. He had worked at the terminal for 21 years before retiring. This was a very interesting 2 hour tour.

Valdez Marina & Oil Terminal

He also took us around Valdez on our way back to the campground. They  have a 10 million dollar grain treminal that the city had constructed some twenty years ago. They thought that they would get all the grain that was  imported into Alaska if they had a modern terminal. It has never been used. Some one here has listed it in their advertisement as  “A Monument to Stupidity.

We fueled up this morning. Prices vary quite a bit. You have to look around. We had  a coupon at the station for 5 cents a gallon off. Later, outside the city, we found diesel for $1.39 9/10. Thats quite a difference (and we missed it).

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(7/20/97)   Sunday, a day of rest. Decided to wash all the mud & dirt off of the RV & truck. Apparently the park allows this. I did a quick wash without soap or cleaners, just sponge and water. It only took 4 hours, but the results are worth it. I know, it won’t be clean long, but pride dictates that you should keep it as clean as possible as often as possible. It should stay somewhat clean until we hit “steam boat mountain” again going back. We reviewed some of our latest videos that we took. We should give up video taping and buy a video of Alaska. Man we are bad at video taping. Can’t hold the camera steady and the vocal leaves a lot to be desired!
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(7/21/97)   We got up early today, had breakfast and walked over to the small boat dock. We are taking a cruise boat “Nautilus II” to Cordova for an overnight-two day cruise & tour of Cordova. Cordova was started as a copper mining town. The only problem is that the only way to get there is either by boat or plane. At its

Million Bridge in Codova (From free photos selection )

peak, the population of Cordova was over 10,000 people. The price of copper dropped and so did the population. Fishing is the main industry now. There is a little tourist trade, but the locals do not seem too fond of the tourist. Our cruise ship traveled through the “Prince William Sound” Islands out of the shipping channel. The Skipper always stopped when anything of interest showed up. We watched sea otters, eagles &  porpoise on the way out. When we docked, they took our bags to where we were to stay.  We got on a tour bus that took us to see “Childs Glacier” and the “Million Dollar Bridge”. The bridge was constructed during the winter to haul copper from the mine back to load on ships. It cost a milliom dollars back in 1910 to build it for the short, mine to port railroad. One span fell during the 1964 earthquake. The Childs Glacier was interesting. It calved a couple of time while we were there, but never when we were watching! We returned to the hotel for the night.

The 21st of July is our 46 wedding anniversary !!When we opened the door to our room, it became apparent that someone was pulling a joke on us. There were three single beds in the room. Of course, here were quite a few of our friends, who just happen to be in the area when we opened the door to the room. Everyone had a good laugh, that is until someone noticed that June had tears in her big blue eyes. Mr.Lancaster said that they would be glad to swap rooms with us. They needed three beds because they had their grandson with them. June gave him a big hug. She never caught on to the joke, because it wasn’t a joke to her (until I explained it to her that night).

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(7/22/97)   We got up this morning and had breakfast at the hotel and  then carried our luggage down to the ship. We cruised over across the shipping channel and worked our way up to the Columbia Glacier, which was a sight to see. The Glacier was reported to be 3 1/2 miles across at the waters edge, and it extends back about 32 miles into the mountains. We couldn’t get too close because of a sand bars just under the water. On the way back we stopped at a small Island where the cruise company had a

Columbia Glacier (From free photos Selection )

buffet set up. Halibut, chicken and barbecue .This two day excursion was one of the better parts of our tour. By now we are like one big happy  family. Most every one is on a first-name basis.

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(7/23/97)   We are leaving Bear Paw RV Park,Valdez, Alaska   –  for  –   Tok RV Village, Tok, Alaska. We got started @ 9:00 am, lost our traveling companions right away. June allowed me to drive because we have to cross Thompson Pass which is a steady climb from sea level to 2,775 feet. It seemed to take forever to come down to sea level when we arrived. It turned not to be a problem. I down shifted to 2nd gear with the OVER/UNDER in UNDER, and up we went to the top pulling that 15,000 lb  5th Wheel RV at 22 mph. ( I have too many memories of topping hills at 4 mph and watching the temperture gauge all the way up.) The more we drove, the damper & cloudier it got until it started raining. When we got to Tok we set up in the rain. Carl & Doretta (the wagon masters) brought over the two “Alaska” sweat shirts that we had  ordered  and they  sat and visited with us for awhile. We think that they do a great job as caravan hosts. They may host the “up, up and away”caravan next year. we are thinking about taking that caravan It would be nice if they did. It was still raining when we went to bed (with the electric blanket).
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(7/24/97)   We are leaving Tok RV Village,Tok, Alaska   –  for  –   Kluane Wildness Village, Kluane,Yukon. We woke up to the sound of rain coming down. I got out my plastic “poncho” that I have worn once in 4 years and went outside and hooked us  up. It is raining steady now and it is cold. We did meet up with our companions for lunch after we crossed over into Canada, They soon left us again. It stopped raining by the time we got to Kluane, We got a good level site..( we don’t often get level sites). Bob & Betty Keller came over and had drinks with us. Bob suggested that we should find a lot of money to bring over to Honolulu and visit with them.They are teaching us some island expressions.

Kluane Lake-Alaska

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(7/25/97)   We are leaving Kluane Wildness Village, Kluane,Yukon   –  for  –   Trails of “98” Campground, White horse, Yukon. We had a very quiet trip to White Horse. We checked in and got the same site we had  last time. We tried to get prepared for our side trip to Skagwag, Alasks tomorrow. The trip down to Skagway is not part of the regular Alaskan  tour. We had  signed up and paid for it when we first began the main tour because we had heard a lot about the building of the railroad and we wanted to ride on it. We won’t be back this way again,so do it now!
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(7/26/97)    We got up early this morning and boarded our bus at 7:30 am.

Boarding White Pass RR to Skagway (from free photos selection )

We have our video camera and also our point & shoot camera. It is sprinkling out so we are hoping for the best. We changed over to a narrow gage RR car just north of the Alaskan border in Yukon. We had one passenger  car for our group of 27 . American customs boarded the train there and checked everyone . It was a beautiful ride down from 3200 feet to sea level in Skagway. Talk about cutting RR tracks into the face of cliffs, they darn sure did it, three tunnels and all. The girl guide assisned to our car pointed out that the labor to build the RR were men that could not get work in the “Gold fields”,and needed a job.

Train to Skagway

No experience in building RR what-so-ever. It was awesome to look out the windows on one side and see  the cliff face so close that you could almost touch it , then look out the windows on the other side, straight down a long,long way to the stream at the bottom. Skagway was where most of the miners came by ship. They were required to have certain supplies before they could enter the Territory of Alaska. We had lunch in town and then walked down to the visitors center. Later  we boarded the bus that had driven down with anyone who didn’t want to ride the train down. The drive back over the mountains was great . We got a lot of good pictures.

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Alaskan Mountain Range

(7/27/97)   Today has finally arrived. This is our last day of the caravan . Nothing is planned other than the farewell dinner tonight at the Westmark Hotel. We checked out the salmon run where the official salmon count is made from a glass-sided box on the water ladder sample line. There was one lonely salmon that passed through while we were there. They are swimming around in the river below right now. At 5:30 pm we loaded up in a bus and was  taken to the hotel for our farewell dinner. The buffet was pretty good.There was a lot of talking and laughter about the past 38 days. We had several couples over for farewell drinks in our RV. It is to hard realize just how close you can come to complete strangers in just 38 days.And then you go your separate ways.The park warned us that the road to Watson Lake was washed out by a broken Beaver dam . No one really knows how bad the problem is. Some  of us decided to stay over for an extra day to give them a chance to repair the road. We should be able to get some information from in-coming traffic. The 1997 Alaskan Caravan Tour is officially over with this farewell dinner here at White Horse,Yukon.
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(7/28/97)   We slept a little later this morning. When I got up and went outside, over half of our group were still here. The word is that traffic is moving, one lane at a time around the wash out. It shouldn’t be a problem for us tomorrow. I got under the truck and checked out my exhaust brake repairs and  tighten up the clamps again. We are going to dump tonight and be ready to pull out after breakfast tomorrow. This was a very enjoyable and interesting group of people.
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For everyones information, we had no problems driving back to Steam Boat Mountain. Exhaust worked great. Would you believe it, when we got there in the  early afternoon…..IT WAS RAINING!!  AGAIN!!!Going up the last pretty steep hill, I glanced back through the rear-view mirror and saw the whole side of the RV, because the rear of the truck had scooted way over to the right. It did straighten right out but not before my stomach jumped up to my throat. I could see a jack-knife coming up.
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This Alaskan Caravan was one of the best caravans that we have taken.
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Many thanks for reading our blogs on Alaska.
Alaska is a very beautiful State and the Alaskan’s are very proud of their State….and rightly so!
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Garden (grass) snakes can be dangerous!
A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted
plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing
a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible
freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was
hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it
slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
She let out a loud scream.
The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into
the living room naked to see what the problem was. She
told him there was a snake under the sofa.
He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look
for it. About that time the family dog came  and cold-
nosed him in the behind. He thought the snake had
bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.
His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she
covered him up, and told him to lie still and called an
ambulance.
The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his
protests, loaded him on the streacher, and started
carrying him out.
About that time, the snake came out from under the
sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and
dropped his end of the strecher. That’s when the man
broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house,
so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture
the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up
newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he
decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down
on the sofa in relief.
But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the
cushions, where she felt the snake wrigging around.
She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under
the sofa.
The neighbor man,seeing her lying there passed out
tried to use CPR to revive her.
The neighbors’s wife, who had just returned from
shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband’s mouth
on this woman’s mouth and slammed her husband in the
back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking
him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed
stitches,
The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she
saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending
over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him
She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of wiskey,
and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
By now the police have arrived….
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the wiskey,
and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred, They
were about to arrest them all, when the woman tried to
explain how it all happened over a little garden snake !
The police called an ambulance, which took away the
neighbor and his sobbing wife.
Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the
sofa and one of the plicemen drew his gun and fired at
it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table.
The table fell over,the lamp on it shattered and, as the
bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.
The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and
fell through the window nto the yard on top of the
family dog who, startled, jumprd out and raced into the
street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and
smashed into the parked police car.
Time passed ! Both men were discharged from the
hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home,
the police acquired a new car and all was right wth
their world.
A while later they were watching TV and the
weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The
wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring
in their plants for the night.
And thats when the fight started….